18 December, 2007


The Old Spitalfields Market stalls are operating every Thursday, Friday and Sunday through to and including Sunday 23rd December. The market will then close and will trade again on Sunday 30th December.

Market stalls operate 10-4pm on Thursday and Fridays and 9-5pm on Sundays.

05 December, 2007

A Merry Different Christmas Indeed

Last week saw East London gripped by festive merriment as Old Spitalfields Market was filled to the rafters with helium choirs, kazoo orchestras, people dressed up as reindeer, presents and (naturally) fire places. They were there to see the launch of the market's Christmas season. People turned out in their droves to see the Python-esque scene unfold which included an appearance by Radio One's Rob Da Bank. The DJ came along to turn on our one super huge eco-friendly light bulb, which was seated atop our carrot-coloured wooden Christmas tree. Quite.
The mulled wine even rustled up some money for a deserving cause, namely the homeless charity Crisis (located just across from the market). We raised £616.53 altogether.Here are a few shots of the night's proceedings...

23 November, 2007

Socks Kill Christmas!

Socks, an unfortunate present - a last grab at the counter, a safe bet, and well a bit of a ‘could do better’ present really.

This Christmas Old Spitalfields Market’s shopkeepers and traders are asking why not give something different? Something you hadn't thought of and something that isn't 90% cotton, 10% polyester. Why not do your Christmas shopping at Spitalfields and support small shops and independent market traders, selling products they have personally chosen and often designed themselves

Boho jewellery, unusual chairs, gourmet teas, vintage vases, Moroccan teapots, leather handbags, maximalist kitsch, pocket gardens and old-fashioned wooden toys are amongst the many amazing presents on offer.

There’s even an Alternative Christmas Confession Booth where you can get those bad presents off your chest, and a sock amnesty box, too!

The shops and restaurants are open 7 days a week (times vary)

The market stalls are open:

Sunday (full market)
Thursday (antiques and vintage clothes)
Friday (fashion and art)

Liverpool Street (4mins) / Aldgate East (5 mins)

Look out for the folk of Old Spitalfields Market who are starring in the 'Socks Kill Christmas' advertising campaign. They are coming to a tube station near you, very soon!

22 November, 2007


Good news!

As of Sunday 18 November, stalls will back in Old Spitalfields Market on the following days every week:

Sunday (full market)
Thursday (antiques and vintage clothes)
Friday (fashion and art)

You can access the market hall via the Crispin Square gate near Giraffe or the Brushfield Street gate by Sweet Basil.

09 November, 2007

"A Merry Different Christmas in Spitalfields"

29 November 2007 6pm - 9pm
Old Spitalfields Market, E1

***An alternative Christmas service by Bestival favourites Lost & Found and Big Love, with singing, dancing, performance, games, mulled wine, a surprise celebrity visit, a "Sympathetic Reverend" called Duncan Pritchard and a Helium Choir***

On Thursday 29th November Old Spitalfields Market launches “A Merry Different Christmas”, a celebration of doing Christmas differently, avoiding sports socks, kipper ties, lumps of coal and Netto gift vouchers, and of actually having fun while you work out what might be right for Auntie Beryl.

Bestival favourites Lost & Found and Big Love will be leading an alternative Christmas service and all are very welcome. Helium Choir will be singing high-octave versions of classic festive songs including Christmas single ‘Little Drummer Boy’ (as heard on BBC Radio 1). Lillywhitesass will present something entirely new from their world of kaleidoscopic burlesque. And the Reverend Duncan Pritchard, in a rare trip away from his Big Love Inflatable Church will sermonise on the subject of bad gifts and other yuletide let-downs.

A visit from a very special celebrity guest (turning on our eco-friendly single Christmas light), a jolly good xmas disco and an Alternative Christmas Confession Booth will all be on the agenda in this night of singing, dancing, performance games and mulled wine.

It’s all in the Spitalfields tradition of Christmas events that avoid the usual C-list boy bands flicking a big boring switch and instead offer a marvellous night out for friends and families alike. Last year saw infamous local landlady Sandra Esquilant turn on a ‘Jingle Punk Rock Christmas Glade’ to the sound of surf Christmas covers and crooning, while the previous year saw Gilbert & George arrive aloft a horse and carriage to illuminate a tree made from scaffolding (later declared as one of London’s five best Xmas trees by the Evening Standard).

Old Spitalfields Market is London’s unrivalled best place to shop for original gifts, special somethings that will be loved and cherished for years to come. Shoppers who come to Old Spitalfields Market will be supporting small shops and independent market traders, selling products they have personally chosen and often even designed themselves. Boho jewellery, unusual chairs, gourmet teas, vintage vases, Moroccan teapots, leather handbags, maximalist kitsch, pocket gardens and old-fashioned wooden toys are amongst the many amazing presents on offer, making Spitalfields surely the *only place to get away from the High Street this Christmas.

12 October, 2007

An update on the building works.

We wanted to give you a little update on how the building work is progressing. The floor is coming on day by day so it looks like the first wave of market stalls will be back inside the market by the start of November, with more and more stallholders joining them in the following weeks.

Once we have an exact date we'll post it here.

Some facts!

We've recently been looking into Old Spitalfields Market's history and have uncovered some intriguing facts.

Did you know that in 1940 the Spitalfields fruit and veg traders clubbed together to buy a single-seater Spitfire aircraft to aid the war effort? They called it Fruitation.

Also, in the early 1790s The Spitalfields Mathematical Society attempted an electrical experiment with a cable attached to the steeple of Christ Church. It was abandoned because of popular unrest.

05 October, 2007

What's currently happening in the market..

If you have visited Old Spitalfields Market of late you will no doubt already be aware that the market stalls have been moved out of the central market area - this is because of the internal building works currently taking place.

Until the internal building work is completed in late autumn (we'll let you know the exact date as soon as we can), there is limited space for market stalls. Many of the stalls have been temporarily relocated to Lamb St. Where possible, stalls are also being placed at the entrances to Old Spitalfields Market.

The Market Week (during the refurbishment works)
Monday & Tuesday: All shops & no stalls

Wednesday: Records & books on 1st & 3rd Wed of the month (in Spitalfields Traders Market)

Thursday: Antiques & vintage clothes 

Friday: Fashion & art

Saturday: All shops & no stalls

Sunday: Busiest day

A little more information on the works taking place...
The refurbishment works aim to alleviate the effects of over a century of wear and tear in a way that is sympathetic to the unique architecture. Tens of thousands of hand-riven grey Welsh slates have been laid on the roof, new historically sympathetic lighting is being introduced, shop fronts and gates are being restored and the market floor is being completely replaced. The refurbishment of the Horner Buildings as a whole will conclude in spring 2008.